Two children are killed and eight people injured when car smashes into spectators during drag race on Texas track
- Two boys, 6 and 8, were killed when a car veered off the track and struck spectators at a Texas drag racing event on Saturday
- Eight others were injured, with two women, 46 and 27, listed in critical condition
- Another victim was also taken to the hospital, but his condition is unknown
- Kerrville Police said the driver, 36, was in stable condition
Two children were killed and eight other people were injured during a Texas drag racing competition when one of the cars veered off the track and struck spectators.
Kerrville Police said a 6-year-old boy died at the scene while an 8-year-old boy died in the hospital.
Among the eight injured were two women, 46 and 27, who were listed in critical condition. A man, 36, was also taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known.
The driver, 34, was described by police as ‘stable,’ NBC News reports.
The race car veered off course and crashed into the spectators and parked cars
Amateur racers were competing inside the Kerville-Kerr County Airport on Saturday
Organizers had set up water barriers at the races in Kerrville, Texas
Two other people were treated at the scene and released, and a 3-month-old girl and 4-year-old boy were hospitalized for ‘precautionary evaluations.
The victims were taken to medical facilities in Kerrville, Austin and San Antonio.
The Kerrville Police Department said in a statement that the driver, who’s identity has not been revealed yet, lost control of the vehicle before striking the spectator stands and parked vehicles.
The crash happened on Saturday afternoon at a makeshift track at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport. The site was hostd by the ‘Airport Race Wars 2’ event.
The event, which is for amateur drivers, was put together by Flyin’ Diesel Performance, a local auto shop neighboring the airport.
The event was part of the Race Wars 2 competition, hosted by Flyin’ Diesel Performance
‘We ask that you please pray for everyone involved,’ said race organizer Ross Dunagan, auto shop’s owner, in a Facebook post.
One of the spectators, Brittany Lehman, told The Kerrville Daily Times that the car had fishtailed into onlookers after it crossed the finished line.
Lehman had been at the event cheering for her husband when she saw the crash, followed by black smoke and people running.
‘They said “Get your children out of here,”‘ Lehmann told the Daily Times.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.